DP Ruto’s firm sucked into corruption investigations at City Hall involving Sonko

Tracing the millions

File image of DP Ruto with Mike Sonko

Investigations into suspected corruption at City Hall involving Governor Mike Sonko has roped in a company owned by Deputy President William Ruto in a complex money trail of what could be an elaborate fraud scheme.

Nation reports that Amaco Insurance (owned by DP Ruto) has a contract to insure Nairobi County government vehicles. The same company also has an ongoing three-year contract with Arbab Auto Care Ltd, a garage located on Kangundo Road, where the county government’s vehicles are taken for repairs.

In what is the subject of ivestigations, Amaco received 100 Million from the county before transferring more than 20 million to Arbab.

Shortly after receiving the cash, the proprietor of Arbab, Anthony Otieno Ombok, alias Jamal allegedly paid the governor Sh3.4 million that has now landed him in trouble with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

Sonko is under investigations for receiving 20 Million shillings from some companies that were doing business with the Nairobi County government in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial years in questionable circumstances.

Controversial dealings by DP Ruto's company

The same company made headlines in February after landing a multi-billion tender at Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) without participating in the tendering process.

It has since emerged that Amaco Ltd did not participate in the tender number KPC/PU/001-OT/16 for KPC’s “All Risk Industrial and Terrorism & Sabotage Cover” that was won by CIC insurance.

However, in unclear circumstances that are the subject of an ongoing investigations at the corruption laden parastatal, Amaco was brought on board by Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) midway through an ongoing multi-million-shilling contract.

Somehow, the insurance company associated with DP Ruto eventually got 30 per cent of the business while CIC holds 70 per cent as the lead underwriter.

DCI George Kinoti was quoted confirming the latest investigation at KPC that has been plagued with allegations of massive corruption, saying he was “going after all those who stole at KPC and other public institutions”.

According to an audit report on the contract, then KPC MD Joe Sang granted a no objection for AMACO to co-insure, giving the DP Ruto linked firm the lucrative deal by the stroke of a pen.

This was against the tender number KPC/PU/001-OT/16 for KPC’s guidelines which did not have instruction to co-insure in the bid documents.

Keen on unravelling the Amaco puzzle, top KPC officials were summoned to DCI headquarters for interrogation and statement taking as well as to explain the insurance irregularities to the investigating officers.

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